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By DAVID GINSBURG  AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross has a
broken bone in his left foot and could be sidelined six to eight
weeks.

Ross has been out since fouling a ball off his foot Friday night
against Philadelphia. An X-ray showed no breaks, but an MRI on
Monday revealed a small fracture.

Ross will seek a second opinion in Baltimore but is expected to
be placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Speaking before the Red Sox faced the Orioles on Monday night,
Cherington said Ross has a small fracture of the navicular bone in
his left foot.
“Six to eight weeks is the general framework,” Cherington
said. “He’ll get checked again in two weeks to see where he is
from there.”

Ross is batting .271 with eight homers and 28 RBIs, one behind
David Ortiz for the team lead. He would be the sixth Boston
outfielder on the DL, following Carl Crawford (wrist), Ryan Kalish
(shoulder), Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder), Jason Repko (shoulder) and
Darnell McDonald (oblique).
“It feels like a lot of guys are banged up at once,”
Cherington said. “Our options are to keep playing. The guys that
are in the lineup tonight are the guys in the lineup tonight. We’ll
keep looking for reinforcements. We’ll likely have at least a move,
if not more, for (Tuesday).”

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis was headed to Baltimore for an
examination on his strained lower back and could be activated from
the DL. He’s been out since April 29.

In other news, right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow surgery)
was reinstated from his 30-day rehabilitation assignment and
returned to the 15-day disabled list with a right trapezius muscle
strain, Cherington said.

Matsuzaka received a shot on Sunday designed to help relieve
stiffness in the muscle. He must refrain from baseball activities
for seven days before he can start another rehab assignment.
“We expect this issue will resolve. He’s had it in the past and
it’s resolved,” Cherington said. “When that happens we’ll get him
right back out pitching again.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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